On February 2nd the groundhog didn’t see his shadow for once. So the good news: spring will start early this year. The bad news: we’re in the middle of February, so we’ve still got a few more weeks of winter.

That also means a few more weeks of the dull, dry skin that cold weather brings. But you shouldn’t have to take it anymore! Here are some things you can do to take a stand against Old Man Winter and keep your skin soft, supple, and well-moisturized.

Buy a Humidifier

We know, we know: isn’t Florida humid enough already!? A lack of humidity is usually not an issue here, as you know from your many frizzy-haired August days. But when temperatures drop, we turn the thermostat up. That cause the heat to suck the oil out of your skin and can lead to small cracks on the surface.

Sleeping with a cool- or hot-mist humidifier on can do wonders to prevent this. The mist of moisture will help preserve your skin’s top layer of oil that holds moisture in.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

It may seem counterintuitive that scrubbing the outer layer of your skin off actually helps with dryness. But people with dry skin often have a lot of dead skin cells built up on the surface of the skin. Those dead-but-lingering cells — let’s call them the zombies of the derma world — prevent your skin from shedding like it should to reveal the new layer.

Exfoliating rids your skin of those zombie cells, which clears the way for new skin cells. It also moisturizes your skin by promoting natural moisture retention. You can even make your own exfoliating scrub at home with sugar or oatmeal and massage oil or coconut oil.

Go Easy on the Steamy Showers

Nothing feels better in the winter than stepping into a piping-hot shower and taking your sweet time cleaning up. Just don’t go overboard — lengthy, hot showers are extremely drying to the skin. Try to limit your showers to 10 minutes or shower with cooler water. When you get out, make sure you pat dry…no rubbing!

Want more tips on keeping your skin healthy and glowing? Make an appointment with one of our aestheticians for a consultation or a rejuvenating treatment.

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